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LASER FACELIFT: THE BASICS

HIFU Laser Facelift procedure on patient

If the mention of a ‘facelift’ conjures images of awkward and unnaturally tight faces, think again. Laser Facelift has been the go-to beauty secret for Korean women from their mid to late twenties. With results promising more youthful-looking skin and more definition to facial contours with no downtime, you no longer have to go under the knife to rejuvenate how you look.

HIFU LASER FACELIFT

Among the most popular contemporary laser facelift techniques includes High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Ulthera, developed in the US in 2004, is the original product developed using HIFU technology.

Acknowledging HIFU’s exceptional technology and results, Korean doctors later went on to develop products including Doublo, Ultraformer, and most recently Shurink, widely regarded to be an upgrade from the Ultraformer.

WHAT IS HIFU LASER FACELIFT?

For the longest time, ultrasound has been used for the purpose of diagnosis and some cancer treatments. Scientists began harnessing this technology for beauty purposes after discovering that its wavelengths could penetrate into deep tissues, creating a point of thermal coagulation at around 60-70 degree Celsius. This deliberate burning of the skin on the inside induces rejuvenation, as collagen and fibre are regenerated as part of the natural healing process.

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The human skin is composed of multiple layers of skin, fat and muscle. Using various transducers, a device that converts energy from one form to another, HIFU burns the following layers to kickstart skin rejuvenation:

  • 1.5mm transducer burns the superficial dermis layer
  • 3.0mm transducer burns the deep dermis layer
  • 4.5mm transducer burns SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), the layer between subcutaneous fat and muscle

Using various transducers, HIFU allows a thorough burn effect across the different skin layers. Burning the subcutaneous fat layer enhances the overall face line, and burning the superficial dermis results in an anti-aging effect.

WHAT RESULTS WILL I SEE AFTER A HIFU LASER FACELIFT TREATMENT?

Most people who have received HIFU Laser Facelift treatments have reported the following results:

  • Improved skin elasticity
  • More defined V-line
  • Significantly, Shurink can also reduce cheek fat

HOW LONG IS A HIFU LASER FACELIFT SESSION?

Depending on the number of shots, each session can last up to 15 to 20 minutes. While some patients may experience minor flushing and swelling, these side effects go down after a few hours. Patients can also put on makeup and sunblock after the procedure.

Korean doctor doing HIFU Laser Facelift SHURINK on patient
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DOES HIFU LASER FACELIFT HURT?

Depending on your pain threshold, HIFU Laser Facelift may cause minor sensations akin to poking with a fine needle. Doctors also usually apply anaesthetic cream to reduce any discomfort.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO HIFU LASER FACELIFT?

Each HIFU Laser Lifting session should not take place more frequently than once every four weeks. While an annual count of three sessions guarantees the most ideal results, some patients have also seen significant improvement in skin condition after just one session.

The results from each HIFU Laser Facelift session can last from six to twelve months, with optimum effects showing 60 to 90 days after the treatment.

WHICH BRAND SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR LASER FACELIFT?

Brand Benefits Things to consider Price
Ulthera
  • Original product from the US
  • Doctors can see the exact location of the ultrasound on a separate monitor, which may result in more accurate application
  • More discomfort
  • 300,000 KRW (~ USD 268) per 100 shots
Shurink
  • New product from Korea
  • Less discomfort
  • 100,000 KRW (~ USD 89) per 100 shots

Overall, Shurink and Ulthera are developed from the same parent technology, with SHURINK promising similar results, at a more affordable pricing with less discomfort.

Interested in getting your first HIFU Laser Facelift treatment in Korea? Here’s where we come in. At Jivaka Care, we identify licensed and reputable clinics with English-speaking doctors and staff. We deploy designated Care Planner responsible for taking care of you and your treatment process from start to end. With Jivaka Care, foreigners can look forward to a seamless and worry-free healthcare and aesthetic treatment experience.

Read about our patients’ past experiences with Jivaka Care here.

If you need any guidance or healthcare related advice in Korea, message us on Kakaotalk and our website, or contact us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

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